Pharmaceuticals Current Affairs - 2020

NIPER institutes at the NIRF rankings

The Ministry of Human Resources and Development recently released the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF). IIT Madras had topped the list.

The NIPER (National Institutes of Pharmaceutical Education and Research) institutes this year have shown great improvements in the ranking.

Highlights

The annual ranking is released in categories namely colleges, universities, law, dental, architecture, management, engineering, pharmacy and medicine.

Under pharmacy, the NIPERs have shown great improvements. Out of seven NIPERs in the country, SAS Nagar NIPER at Mohali retained its third position. The NIPER at Ahmedabad and Hyderabad improved a rank from 2019. They are now in 5th and 8th positions respectively.

Significance

While the country fighting with COVID-19 and struggling to find a cure, the NIPER institutes have greater roles. Their improvement in rankings clearly sends signals about the improving performances to the cause of research and innovation in the field of medical devices and pharmaceuticals. This is promptly the current need of the moment.

Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Kendra: Sales up to Rs 100 crores

On June 1, 2020, the Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Kendra achieved sales up to Rs 100.40 crores in the first two months of the financial year 2020-21. The sales were high as compared to the sales in the same two months period of 2019-20.

Highlights

The Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Kendra have saved Rs 800 crores through the sales of medicines in the two months of the financial year 2020-21. The Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) are responsible for the success. It is the BPPI that implements Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana through the network of Pradhan Mantri Janaushadhi Kendra.

Role of BPPI

Currently BPPI is actively working to fight against COVID-19. It is maintaining adequate stock of medicines that are under great demand such as Hydroxychloroquine, Azithromycin and Paracetamol. It also holds adequate stocks of hand sanitizers and face masks. BPPI also places purchase order of procurement of medicines of high demand to friendly countries.